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Sail O Mat anyone?

On the Rawson 30 I just bought, there is a Sail O Mat windvane. I've never used one before and there is no instructions. I contacted Sail O Mat and they offered to send me all, not just one, of their manuals on all models for $50 a pop . The Sail O Mat website does not offer instructions. Does anyone have a manual or link to a website about proper operation of a Sail O Mat?
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I have a sailomat and it is simple to set up. I don't have a manual but I will try and put some photos of the setup together. Bestfriend may or may not have a video of mine working. So while I put together something see if you can pester BF to post the vid.
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There is a lot of info the the sailomat/601 section of their website...have you seen that?
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Hope this helps. Quality is low because of upload limits. I can burn and send you a copy if you think this is what you need. Sorry it wasn't made as instructional, just to amuse my Dad.

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I have the older model 601 Sail O Mat, and a manual. Can send you a copy if you like.
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On the Rawson 30 I just bought, there is a Sail O Mat windvane. I've never used one before and there is no instructions. I contacted Sail O Mat and they offered to send me all, not just one, of their manuals on all models for $50 a pop . The Sail O Mat website does not offer instructions. Does anyone have a manual or link to a website about proper operation of a Sail O Mat?

We just purchased one as well. I was looking up to see about the manual because I just lost mine. When I emailed Sailomat yesterday, all they told me was "sorry, it's out of print". I just found it this morning (thank god) and I wanted to offer to mail a copy to you or try to scan and email or something. It's for the 536 model.
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That looks pretty cool if your course is pretty general. But I have this funny feeling those things don't work too well with a hydraulic pedestal wheel.
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That looks pretty cool if your course is pretty general. But I have this funny feeling those things don't work too well with a hydraulic pedestal wheel.
Not sure about that Tag, but it steers a straighter course than I could on my own.
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How do y'all like your sailomat units? How much do they cost? (I hate manufacturers that don't put prices on their websites!) I had pretty much decided on Cape Horn a few years ago when I did some research. Now the've doubled in price from 2k to 4K So now I'm back to the drawing board....

I have a Formosa 41, and since the mizzen mast overlaps the stern, I'm a little limited on my choice of vanes. Also, she has a pretty stern and I would like something without too many tubes and gears. To further complicate, I have davits.... I will fold them away when going offshore, but it would be nice to have a vane that will work around the davits.

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They don't work at all with a hydraulic pedistal.
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